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Timberland to offset US expansion with outdoor pledge
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:43:00 GMT


Timberland is planning to double its footprint in five US cities by 2020, but hopes to offset the impact of its expansion with a pledge to create or restore an equivalent amount of green space in each city.
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Epson buys digital textile printing specialist Robustelli
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:49:00 GMT


Printing specialist Epson has agreed a deal to acquire Italian textile printer manufacturing company Robustelli.
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US textile industry praises made-in-USA military vote
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:24:00 GMT


America's textile industry has lauded a decision by Congress to preserve critical requirements that required the Department of Defense (DOD) to buy US-made textiles, clothing, and footwear.
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Reforms to US chemical regulations signed into law
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:08:00 GMT


Legislation to overhaul US chemical control regulations was signed into law by President Obama earlier this week.
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Better Work Vietnam launches labour law mobile app
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:20:00 GMT


The Better Work Vietnam initiative has launched a new Labor Law app for smartphones, designed to educate garment factories and outside users on the compliance challenges faced in the industry.
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Kenneth Cole inks Global Brands Group licensing deal
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:20:00 GMT


US designer Kenneth Cole has entered into a licensing deal with Hong Kong-based Global Brands Group as the company looks to expand its international reach.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:02:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the sourcing trends and strategies of US fashion firms, Primark's continued expansion in the US, the top ten key trends in apparel and footwear markets, and barriers to remediation in Bangladesh's RMG sector.
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Thermore moves Ecodown to fully recycled fibre content
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:16:00 GMT


Thermal insulation specialist Thermore has converted its entire Ecodown product line to fully recycled fibre content, derived exclusively from PET water bottles.
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Online fabric platform hopes to "revolutionise" buying
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:24:00 GMT


A website designed as a virtual buying and selling forum for premium  fabrics could "revolutionise" traditional industry buying habits, its founders have said.
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VF International HQ achieves LEED certification
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:49:00 GMT


US clothing giant VF Corp has achieved LEED platinum certification for its international headquarters in Switzerland.
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Retailers warned of high volatility in wake of Brexit
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:55:00 GMT


Retailers need to prepare for a period of high volatility, is the message from analysts in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU), as businesses prepare to battle fragile consumer confidence and a prolonged period of political instability. 
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How apparel retailers should react to Britain's Brexit
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:53:00 GMT


The UK yesterday (23 June) voted in favour of 'Brexit,' a decision that means the country will leave the European Union (EU) - well, soon. Mike Flanagan believes British apparel brands and retailers stand to gain a lot from post-Brexit trade negotiations, but only if they sharpen up their acts.
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Britain votes for Brexit - what happens next?
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:04:00 GMT


Britain's vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU) after more than four decades marks the start of a very long process to unravel itself from the network of institutions and bureaucracy in Brussels. 
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Retailers warned of period of high volatility in wake of Brexit
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:55:00 GMT


Retailers need to prepare for a period of high volatility, is the message from analysts in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU), as businesses prepare to battle fragile consumer confidence and a prolonged period of political instability. 
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Macy's names Gennette CEO to succeed Lundgren
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:09:00 GMT


Terry Lundgren, the CEO of US department store retailer Macy's, is to step down after 13 years at the helm, making way for Jeff Gennette to transition into the role. 
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Union busting leaves Bangladesh workers vulnerable
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:22:00 GMT


A global union used the recent International Labour Conference in Geneva to suggest aggressive union busting by management has led to a reduced number of active unions and is leaving workers in Bangladesh with little or no protection against employers.
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Centric develops field testing mobile app for samples
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:58:00 GMT


Product lifecycle management (PLM) solution provider Centric Software has developed a field testing mobile app designed to help apparel and footwear companies track the usage and performance of prototypes and samples. 
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UK fashion sourcing fair surpasses expectations
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:21:00 GMT


London-based sourcing event Fashion SVP has doubled in size over the last two years with organiser IDEX saying the growth of the show has surpassed all expectations since its launch in 2012.
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Lands' End promotes Gebhardt to CMO
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:08:00 GMT


US casual clothing and footwear retailer Lands' End has promoted its senior vice president and chief creative officer Becky Gebhardt as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
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New Look executive in move to Shoe Zone
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:13:00 GMT


UK value footwear retailer Shoe Zone has appointed former New Look executive Malcolm Collins as non-executive director with immediate effect.
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Neiman Marcus denies reports it is looking for buyer
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:16:00 GMT


Upscale department store retailer Neiman Marcus is denying it is on the lookout for a buyer or investor, with a spokesperson for the company saying it will not comment on what it calls "rumours".
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Alliance cuts ties with three more factories
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:50:00 GMT


The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has suspended the operations of a further three factories for failing to make progress in addressing identified safety concerns. 
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Sainsbury's makes significant clothing share gains
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:44:00 GMT


UK supermarket retailer Sainsbury's gained the biggest share of the country's clothing market in the last quarter thanks to its strategy of converting more space to clothing.
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Tesco optimistic on Q1 sales growth
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:26:00 GMT


UK retail giant Tesco has booked an increase in group sales in the first quarter, and offered an optimistic outlook thanks to ongoing efforts to rebuild profitability.
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H&M Q2 sales slump on increased markdowns
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:14:00 GMT


Swedish fashion giant H&M has blamed higher purchasing costs due to the strengthened US dollar and increased markdowns for a 17% fall in its second-quarter profit.
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US fashion firms share sourcing trends and strategies
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:28:00 GMT


Concerns about market competition in the United States have for the first time surpassed worries about rising production and sourcing costs, according to the latest five-year outlook for the US fashion industry. The 'China Plus Many' model, growth in Vietnam ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and new sourcing destinations like Myanmar and Cuba are also covered.
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Fight for Chico's board seats ongoing
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:57:00 GMT


As the annual meeting of shareholders for Chico's FAS looms on 21 July, the fight is ongoing for a seat on the board of the US women's wear retailer.
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Brexit campaigning reaches final stages
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:48:00 GMT


As the final day of campaigning ahead of the UK's vote on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU) ramps up, retailers and brands have been voicing their opinions on how either decision could affect business.
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Apparelsourcing USA returns to New York next month
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:03:00 GMT


Apparelsourcing USA is set to return to New York City next month, providing an opportunity to connect with global suppliers specialising in ready-to-wear for men, women and children.  
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Myanmar factories prepare for compliance training
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:43:00 GMT


A fourth round of compliance training for garment factories in Myanmar will take place next month, with a focus on international social and environmental compliance standards.
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Responsible Wool Standard includes ban on mulesing
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:02:00 GMT


Textile Exchange has released the final version of its Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) - including a ban on the practice of mulesing - following a review that sought industry feedback to ensure it meets its goals and delivers value to the wool sector.
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ILO decent work in global supply chains criticised
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:56:00 GMT


Recent discussions hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to consider programmes, initiatives or standards to promote decent work in global supply chains have been criticised for failing to defended workers' rights more forcefully.
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Lies, damned lies, and statistics - the sustainability version
Fri, 20 May 2016 10:05:00 GMT


Garment making is to a large degree a model for sustainability, says David Birnbaum, adding that those working towards greater sustainability have an obligation to be transparent and accurate. What is not needed is input from those who lack the experience and knowledge to help.
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Columbia rain jacket "a milestone in sustainability"
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:45:00 GMT


Columbia Sportswear has unveiled what it believes is the first high-performance environmentally friendly rain jacket made without the use of perflourinated compounds, commonly referred to as PFCs.
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Brexit campaigning reaches final stages
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:48:00 GMT


As the final day of campaigning ahead of the UK's vote on whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU) ramps up, retailers and brands have been voicing their opinions on how either decision could affect business.
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Debenhams must tackle "underperforming" clothing
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:50:00 GMT


Debenhams needs to tackle its underperformance in clothing in order to prevent further market share erosion, according to one analyst, as the UK department store retailer said uncertain trading conditions impacted the third quarter. 
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Cost is biggest barrier to Bangladesh RMG remediation
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:42:00 GMT


High interest rates, a lack of financial literacy and an unwillingness among factory managers are proving to be the main barriers to obtaining remediation financing in Bangladesh's Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector, a new study has shown. 
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Global news roundup
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:32:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Researchers develop colour-changing "smart thread"
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:48:00 GMT


Researchers from California's Berkeley School of Information are the latest innovators to team up with Google's Project Jacquard, in a partnership that has led to the development of a new color-changing "smart thread" that turns fabric into a computerised display.
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Shoe Zone names Davis as CEO amid board reshuffle
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:59:00 GMT


UK value footwear retailer Shoe Zone has promoted its chief financial officer Nick Davis as CEO following a number of changes to the company's board of directors.
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Eco-friendly denim made from cotton knit cuttings
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:44:00 GMT


Denim North America (DNA), a division of DNA Textile Group, is launching a new US-made denim constructed using a yarn made out of cotton knit cuttings discarded during the apparel cut and sew process. 
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Investcorp inks US$100m deal to buy Corneliani
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:46:00 GMT


Global investment group Investcorp has agreed a US$100m deal to acquire a majority stake in Italian luxury men's wear company Corneliani.
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Bangladesh firm wins top prize in World Textile Awards
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:08:00 GMT


Bangladeshi company Matin Spinning Mills Ltd has been named 'International Textile Firm of the Year' at the World Textile Awards, sponsored by The Textile Institute.
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SGS expands Mexico textile and apparel testing lab
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:11:00 GMT


SGS has relocated its textile testing facility to a larger premises in Mexico City in a move that will enable the inspection and verification company to offer a more diverse range of testing, inspection and audit supply chain solutions from raw materials to retail. 
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Shinola slammed for 'Made in the USA' claims
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:26:00 GMT


Detroit-based watch and leathergoods manufacturer Shinola is to drop its 'Where American is Made' slogan after federal regulators ruled it "overstated the extent to which certain products are 'made' or 'built' in the United States."
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Wal-Mart eyes China turnaround with JD.com deal
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:51:00 GMT


Wal-Mart has swapped its Chinese online grocery business for a stake in the country's second largest e-commerce site, in a move that will likely see the US retail behemoth attempt to turn around its China business.
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British wool producer denies animal cruelty claims
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:11:00 GMT


A major British wool producer has denied allegations by an animal rights group that it buys wool from farms in Chile farms that abuse sheep, and which may end up being sold as 'Italian wool.'
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Make it British back in fashion for UK sourcing event
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:06:00 GMT


Optimism was high among exhibitors and organisers alike at the third Meet the Manufacturer event in London, with the trade show and conference doubling in space to 50,000 sfq ft in order to accommodate more exhibitors, workshops and seminars than in previous years.
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Haglöfs to use Sciessent odour-fighting technology
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:18:00 GMT


Swedish apparel and footwear company Haglöfs has become the latest company to use Sciessent's Lava odour-fighting fabric technology in selected items in its apparel range.
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Jones New York factory stores in Canada to close
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:08:00 GMT


All 37 Jones New York factory stores in Canada are to be shuttered, a year after Authentic Brands Group (ABG) acquired the US fashion retailer and embarked on a review of its business.
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Bangladesh to benefit from $360m logistics investment
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:55:00 GMT


Bangladesh's logistics infrastructure could receive a much-needed boost thanks to US$360m in funding from The World Bank to overhaul the country's rivers, ports and canals.
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Nepal seeks US help to access global value chains
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:05:00 GMT


The second meeting between the US and Nepal under the bilateral trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA) between the two countries has discussed new ways to expand trade and economic ties - including a request from Nepal for help to access the US market.
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BASF to help make sports shoes more sustainable
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:34:00 GMT


Chemicals giant BASF is focusing on the development of special new polymers for its contribution to the Adidas-led 'Sport Infinity' project, which aims to develop high-performance footwear goods that can be customised, repeatedly recycled, and made in Europe.
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Ten key trends in apparel and footwear markets
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:31:00 GMT


The global apparel and footwear industry grew by 5% in value last year, according to new research, with the internet, sportswear and fast fashion players contributing to the gains.
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Primark continues US expansion with third store
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:02:00 GMT


British value fashion retailer Primark has opened its third US store in the north east of the country as the fashion retail giant looks to build its presence stateside. 
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Michael Kors makes internal promotions
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:07:00 GMT


le brand Michael Kors has made two changes to its senior management team with two internal promotions.
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Clothing to grow share of global wearable tech market
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:32:00 GMT


Clothing is expected to capture over 7% of the global wearable tech market by 2020, new figures show, as the market for wearable devices grows.
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Polartec names first brands to utilise new cooling performance fabric
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:15:00 GMT


US performance fabric maker Polartec has announced Westcomb, Outdoor Research, Kitsbow and Velocio are the first brands to utilise the company's Delta cooling platform in a range of garments.
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Partnerships critical to source tagging success
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT


Source tagging can have a dramatic impact on sales and earnings for retailers if they work closely with their supply chains, ensuring it is an ongoing programme that offers win-win outcomes for both.
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Adidas expects record EUR2.5bn sales from football business
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:17:00 GMT


German sportswear giant Adidas has announced its football business is expected to reach new record sales in 2016 after reporting market share gains across Western Europe, especially in key cities, one year after re-launching its football footwear offering.
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ILO calls on Turkmenistan to end forced labour
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:49:00 GMT


The government of Turkmenistan has been called on to urgently act to end systematic forced labour in its cotton sector during a hearing at the International Labour Organization (ILO) conference in Geneva. 
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New UK cotton mill adds to made-in-Britain momentum
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:01:00 GMT


Cotton spinning could be about to enjoy a revival in the UK with the imminent opening of a new mill in the north of England, which claims to be the most modern in the world and will spin the highest quality yarns for high-end apparel.
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Japan helps Angola restore textile and apparel sector
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:33:00 GMT


Japanese international trading house Marubeni Corp has teamed up with US based clothing and textile management consultants Werner International in rehabilitating a textiles factory in Angola to produce denim and knitwear products. The move is part of a long-term plan by the Angolan government to restore its clothing and textile sector, which was severely damaged by the country's civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 2002. 
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Bad sourcing blamed for pressure on retail margins
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:44:00 GMT


Significant structural changes are needed across the apparel supply chain in order to create a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model that will help retailers improve margins, analysts have said.
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Chico's reassures shareholders as investor spat continues
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:05:00 GMT


Chico's FAS has reassured shareholders the company is "successfully executing" its strategic plan in the latest move amid a deepening rift between the US women's wear retailer and activist investor Barington Capital Group.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:34:00 GMT


The most read stories on just-style this week include the need for a more consistent, faster and efficient sourcing model; a map showing the risk of child labour in some of the world's leading cotton producing countries; and an interview with the managing director of Omega Compliance, a standalone subsidiary of sourcing specialist William E Connor & Associates.
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Ben Sherman inks deal to launch in China
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:52:00 GMT


British fashion label Ben Sherman is set to launch in the Far East after its parent company Marquee Brands brokered a deal with MRH SpaRotica Groupé to distribute the brand in the Greater China region.
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Google and Cintas collaborate on smart workwear
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:56:00 GMT


Workwear maker Cintas Corp has become the latest company to join Google's Project Jacquard, in a partnership that aims to produce uniforms enhanced with smart garment technology.
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Clothing standout UK online retail performer in May
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:34:00 GMT


Clothing was the biggest driver of online retail growth in volume terms in May, but official figures show it was the only category not to see any increase in quantity bought in-store during the month. 
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EFI buys 3D software specialist Optitex for $52.8m
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:46:00 GMT


The digital transformation of the clothing industry could be set for a boost with the acquisition of 3D design and prototyping software firm Optitex by digital printing specialist Electronics For Imaging.
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Leading UK T-shirt maker taps into Fairtrade demand
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:03:00 GMT


One of the UK's largest wholesale T-shirt manufacturers, Continental Clothing Co, is keen to prove there is a demand in the country for ethically sourced clothing with the launch of a Fairtrade organic cotton line. 
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Unifi expands Repreve global reach to Sri Lanka
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:33:00 GMT


US yarn manufacturer Unifi Inc will expand global availability of its Repreve recycled polyester brand and other Premier Value-Added (PVA) yarns through a new division in Sri Lanka, Unifi Textiles Colombo Private Limited (UTCL).
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Cambodia to start next round of wage talks
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:35:00 GMT


Cambodia's Ministry of Labor is understood to have instructed employers and unions in the country's garment and footwear sector to begin preparations for the next round of minimum wage talks. 
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Elcatex biomass plant to help Honduras textiles plan
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:34:00 GMT


A plan to transform Honduras into Central America's largest synthetics and value-added sportswear supplier faces training, financing and energy challenges, concedes Jesus Canahuati, the private sector's representative in the new 'Honduras 2020' development initiative. 
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Trump's China tariff makes for a self-serving sound-bite
Tue, 31 May 2016 17:19:00 GMT


Taking a closer look at threats by Donald Trump to slap steep tariffs on US imports from China, Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc, believes they would batter Chinese exporters but not take them out of the market entirely. In fact, he concludes, all the Republican presidential front-runner's plans would do is accelerate the movement out of China that is already underway.
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